Use this sample and step by step explanation for setting meaningful and inspiring employee performance goals for a deputy clerk.

A deputy clerk works under the supervision of the court clerk performing various clerical duties including preparing, processing, and filing court documents. Unlike the law clerk whose main work is researching legal concepts, deputy clerk also maintains different court records.

Apart from preparing court documents, he/she has other duties including generating and availing legal documents to attorneys and judges, making schedules for all court proceedings be it a divorce case or an appeal among others. He/she also carries out customer service functions including responding to inquiries from different parties such as the public. However, one should understand that the duties of the deputy clerk can vary significantly based on the court's jurisdiction.

Employee Performance Goals Sample

Employee's Name: Title:
Review Period: __/__/__ to __/__/__ Employee SSN:
Work Location: Supervisor's Name:


  1. Setting Goals: List specific goals in the space provided below each competency under "Performance Goals". Assign an appropriate timeline for each goal as well as numeric or financial terms to measure the goal.
  2. Employee Comments: The employee must comment next to each goal under "Employee Comments" with "Okay" for goals which he/she feels comfortable working with, and "Needs Clarification" for goals which he/she believes need to be discussed further. An employee who is comfortable with all the goals can sign the goals at this stage.
  3. Summary: Give a summary of the total time estimated for the employee to have achieved the goals. State action plans and specific milestones to track the goals. Any additional comments agreed between the employee and the supervisor should be noted here.
  4. Human Resources Review: Human resources personnel must confirm that the goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. He/she must then sign the goals in the "Human Resource" section provided under "Signatures".
  5. Signatures: When discussion of the goals has been completed and consensus has been reached, sign the goals and let the employee sign too. Send the final copy to the human resources for inclusion in the employee's professional records.

Performance Goals for Next Period

Performance Goals

Employee Comments


Take up more online courses on writing to try to improve writing skills.

Be more willing to ask for feedback, to accept feedback given, and to act on it afterward.

[employee comments goal]

Join an online group of people who do the same work as one does in order to learn new things and keep up-to-date with the world at large

Get a mentor, who has been doing what one is currently doing or has been through what one is experiencing, to offer advice and career coaching

[employee comments goal]

Decide on a distinct set of tasks that one needs to accomplish and stick to them, and put additional related tasks on a new list for next time

Become effective at switching tasks and release all emotional energy attached to the task once it has been completed

[employee comments goal]

Invest in the unity of the team rather than conflict and disagreements

Shun favoritism and compromise to create a united, happy team

[employee comments goal]

Advance the business agenda by being the very best the company has every had

Respect every opinion while taking only that which is needful

[employee comments goal]

Listen carefully to oral directions, summarize what one has heard and link these directions to the information that one already have

Review tasks after completing and read the instructions again to make sure the tasks are done according to the instructions provided

[employee comments goal]

Provide timely and constructive solutions or advice to customers and make them feel they are fully understood

Avoid using pressure to close a deal or to influence the decision of a customer

[employee comments goal]

Learn to use standard scheduling terminologies that all team members can understand

Show more willingness to work steadily towards both career and personal goals

[employee comments goal]

Acknowledge cited works and learn how to use the appropriate referencing styles

Integrate primary data and secondary sources accurately, persuasively, and logically when writing reports and proposals

[employee comments goal]

Demonstrate more willingness to work efficiently in a team and independently

Learn more about data confidentiality and put more effort to improve knowledge in privacy issues

[employee comments goal]


Sections 1-2: To be completed by the supervisor

Section 3: To be completed by the employee

1. Goals completed since last performance feedback

2. Goals for next period

3. Employee comments


I acknowledge that I discussed this performance feedback with my supervisor. My signature does not mean that I agree or disagree with this appraisal.
Employee: Date:
Supervisor: Date:
Human Resources: Date:

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